Online Jobs At Home In The Philippines —September 2019

Finding Work in the Philippines At 60+

Online Jobs At Home In The Philippines.

(Updated 22 September 2019)

Online Jobs At Home In The Philippines.
I’ve written quite a bit about this subject previously.
Two articles with some “meat” in them are here:



Online Jobs At Home In The Philippines

I Can’t Make Money Online in the Philippines, What Am I Doing Wrong?

If you want to read them (and I encourage you to do so if you haven’t seen them before), then go ahead and click on the links, I’ll wait for you here.

If you want to live here in the Philippines and need money to support yourself and your family, then here are some suggestions:

  1. If You Have a Job In The USA, Take It With You To The Philippines

Now at first glance, this probably sounds ludicrous, but restrain your negativity and your urge to shout out “That Won’t Work” for a few minutes and read and think this through.

It will not work for everyone, surely, but the number of people it CAN work for might amaze you, once you suspend your disbelief temporarily.

Any Work You Do Over The Phone or Computer Screen

Is a prime candidate to just “bring with you” to the Philippines.

A reader here contacted me several years ago asking about how “work” was defined by the Philippine government.  He told me he already was working in the Philippines but didn’t have a work visa or any sort of Philippine permission to”work” in the Philippines.

After conferring with him at length I advised him that he didn’t need any work visa or any other government permissions to do what he was doing.

(personal opinion only, of course, I am not a lawyer)

This fellow (let’s call him Jack because that’s not his name) had been working in the USA for a major business software company.  Think of companies like Oracle data systems or Salesforce Customer Relations Management or SAP application software for business enterprises … companies like that (Jack does not work for any of those three, but you get the idea).

What my reader had been doing for several years on his job was “second-tier” technical support.  That means when an end-user company called tech support regarding a problem using the software if the “First-Tier” tech support agent couldn’t solve the problem over the phone, he or she would press an on-screen button and “escalate” the call to Jack (or one of the other Second-Tier team members).

Jack’s work was all done over the phone or by remotely accessing the client’s computer … and for exceptionally difficult or never-before-seen problems, Jack could conference in software engineers at the home office to get the end-user customer up and running and happy with the product.

So How Did Jack Move to the Philippines?

Jack’s dad is a former Filipino who had moved to the USA and become a US citizen many years ago, but Jack knew a lot about the Philipines via family connections and visits he had made here.

He wanted to come and live in the Philippines now when he was young, rather than years in the future when he was retired (but ooolllldddd).

So just for fun, sort of, he asked his boss if he could work from home.  His boss, much to Jack’s surprise said, “What?  You mean I wouldn’t have to provide a cubicle for you, a parking space, a phone extension and such for you … and I’d just pay you the same rate”?  “Hell yes, when do you want to start”?

Jack replied he was ready to start working from home immediately, but he planned to change his home address to Angeles City in the Philippines.

After some information exchange, back and forth, and some clarification from the parent company HR department, the company gave Jack permission to work from home, in the Philippines on a 6 months trial basis.

That Was Six Year Ago, And Jack’s Still Here

The company gained a lot by letting Jack work away from the office, including being able to exclude him from their workmen’s compensation insurance plan, their state unemployment insurance coverage, and of course the office space and other “space utilization” issues they face for every on-site employee.

Jack gained a lot more.  He’s no longer subject to state income tax and while his salary is reported every year to the IRS via his W-2 statement (the same as most of you reading this who are still regular wage or salary employees), when he files his Federal Income tax, Jack can exclude more than $100,000 in earings under the “Foreign Earned Income Exemption … a huge tax advantage.

It’s kind of a win-win for everyone.  Could you do your job remotely “if they would let you”?

     2. If You Have a Business In The USA, Take It With You To The Philippines

Another reader, Sam, kept his US business but runs it from the Philippines.  Perhaps you could do that too?

Sam’s story is convoluted in time. but became greatly simplified once he decided to run his business from the Philippines.

Many years ago Sam started his own lawn care business in a Los Angles suburb,  He built the business up quite nicely over the years and by the time came that he started thinking about retirement, he had about 10 trucks and 10 to 15 employees on the road for the business.

Sam wanted to sell the business, invest the cash and live off the income to support himself in his retirement years.

But cash buyers were hard to come by and Sam decided to accept a deal that one of his long-time employees offered him.  The employee would give Sam a small cash downpayment and then pay off the balance of the price for the business monthly, out of the earnings the company made over the years.

The Deal Was Sound But The Buyer’s Management Skills Weren’t.

After a few months, the payments to Sam started to come later and later, and then they were reduced in the amount as well.

When Sam complained and remained the purchaser/former employer of their contract terms and Sam’s need for regular payments, the business buyer came up with one excuse after another.  The excuses all centered around on big problem.

Business was down, many regular customers had quite their monthly service plans, yet expenses for materials, like lawn care chemicals and employee salaries, were still about the same.

The formerly profitable business was no longer making a profit.  Poor Sam.  His dreams of full-time retirement in the Philippines had gone up in smoke.

There Are Ways To Manage Remotely in Today’s World

Because I spent years in the GPS vehicle tracking business and had seen numerous businesses suffer these same problems, I advised Sam to install GPS tracking units on his fleet of service vehicles.  These units not only reported the locations and start and stop times of the trucks but also monitored the start and stop times of the pumps on the trucks that sprayed the chemicals onto the customer’s lawns.

Any Idea What Sam Found?

Yep.  Even though the number of active customers was down to 50% or less than at the time Sam was actively managing the company, the number of stops and the number of gallons of expensive chemicals dispenced was greater than the days when the company was healthy and profitable.

Sam Was Being Fleeced By Employees Working For Themselves On Sam’s Dime.

The scheme as simple.  An unscrupulous employee would contav=ct a resident on a monthly subscription plan and offer to provide the same service as before for half or less of the monthly subscription price … as long as the customer paid the driver directly for the service.

Such a great deal.  Many former clients jumped at the chance to save money, not realizing they were actually participating in a crime … receiving stolen goods.  Sam’s honestly provided goods and services.

Long Story Short

Working with the information provided by the tracking units and Sam’s existing accounting system (which he controlled remotely from his new home in the Philippines), Sam and the purchasing employee/manager fired a couple of cheating drivers.  Hired and trained replacements, and tracked every driver’s stops to make sure the trucks didn’t stop and chemicals were not sprayed at locations where there were no customers paying the company for the services.

Within a couple of months, the company was again operating in the black, and Sam started again receiving his monthly payments which he continues to receive to this day.

Sam told me he’ll never again let the business run “on autopilot”, and he’s very happy to be living here in the Philippines and receiving the income from his business in the USA as his former employee “buys him out” over time.



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